The Clerical Abuse Crisis Reflects Modernism

“Disputa”, Rafael, 1509 to 1510.

The general public reacts more vociferously to the sins of the Catholic Church, than to its own imperfections, this is because the Church stands for a greater perfection, that of the spirit and of reason. All of the Church’s law, works of mercy, teaching, and efforts at evangelization reflect its humanism and its universal mission. The priestly abuse crisis which is so promoted along the media, is in truth, not a new thing but merely a visualization of the way, the thought of the world has entered the Catholic Church, and of how modernism inherently suffocates the life of the faith and renders priestly holiness infertile, that is, unable to bear good fruit.

Yes, the Church needs a necessary purification. At the same time, it must simplify itself and look towards its rich heritage in order to return to its source of power and live with vitality the message of the Gospel of Christ. Me may indeed be nearing the end of Christianity, for indeed, if the Catholic Church falls, Christianity inevitable does. Moral persecution of the Church can take varied forms, and the progress of secularism only portends difficult days for Catholicism as it is possible to conceive of a future where the Church becomes completely nationalized or potilicized, or restricted in some way, of its activities.

The human person, is in some sense, a rigorist in his application of the law, a self-righteous person who in his estimation of morality appears to often deal justice in an uncompromising and uncharitabe manner. In reality, society necessitates a change in its conception of the law, in its application of the law also, for it must seek to preserve in all things, the dignity of the person often disfigured by sin, and at times dehumanized by vice, for in the person it must learn to see the suffering Christ in need of a cup of water, or perhaps, in need of mercy. Christianity preaches mercy, it is time also for the Church to live that mercy, in its ability to forgive sin, even clerical sin though foster a spirit of penance that reduces its tolerance.

The Church is suffering in the last analysis, because the modern world does not permit the Christian to live out the message of the Gospel: Priests like everyone live in the world, are formed by its secular and anti-clerical psychological orientation, are influenced by the media and its base level of culture promoted by music and the cinema, and are educated by false teachings that contaminate their faith and that limit the exercise of their spiritual life. Everywhere, the Beast reigns and the number of Christians that are able to thwart its influence dwindles rapidly, to the point that the field has become a swamp where reign moral relativism, religious syncretism and doctrinal error. It has been stated too many times that dogma is a negative thing, and relatively unimportant, but it must be stated that what someone believes in determines their attitude in life and influences their behavior. In the end, one must seek the truth and live according to its life, for whoever has truth, has eternal life, and has it abundantly.

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